|Rusty area of old tank|
Interestingly there is a screw head that looks like a drain plug in the old tank (see picture) or it might be where someone has made some kind of repair before. I wonder?
With the tank out I was able to have a good look at the condition underneath the rear and found it mostly good but some potential trouble spots. All the main sufaces have a really good covering of sealer/stonechip except the tops of the two chassis rails. These have some scabby rust starting. Its like someone has done a very nice job and then completely missed some important bits. The area above the tank is all excellent so why miss the chassis rails? Weird.
|Tank out, looks good|
|Left chassis rail top, rust starting|
|Right chassis rail top, rust starting|
|Rust treated with Hydrate 80|
|Old tank fixing studs|
|Dodgy repair to the old tank|
Just realised after writing the above that the underseal is just about the same age as the car, Now THAT is originality for you !!
|Historic pricetag as well!|
23rd June. Well its all back together and the car is sitting on its wheels and running. Usual sort of dramas finishing the job, had to make a new brake pipe up on the axle as the old one twisted off when I undid it. The bleed nipple rounded off so I had to fit a new one. One of the KYB dampers had a thread picked up so I had to carefully run a die down it and the fuel gauge is still not working - more of this later.
On the plus side that old Tetroseal has worked out realy well and gives a good finish.
|Tank back in place, |
note lots of copper grease everywhere!
24th June. Three Cheers, after all the fuel tank drama the Blue car passed its MOT today so I can now run it down to the bodyshop to have the rear arches done. Feels like I can really get started making it into what I want now.
So it will just be the Sprint engine, poly bushed suspension, 4-pot brakes etc etc etc to all come off my original red car!!
Could be a busy summer.